Esmeralda Painted Tall Ship Model

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Esmeralda 38" Wooden Ship Model Barquentine Four-Masted Tall Ship

The Esmeralda is shipped fully assembled, ready to be displayed. This is one of the finest ship models available anywhere. It makes a great gift Item! The model ship sits perfectly on the included base, which is made of a high-quality, conditioned wood, and has a brass name plate.

The Esmeralda tall ship model is built from scratch by experienced master craftsman and is not from any sort of kit. To create the subtle details and definitions of the deck and hull, the plank on frame method of construction is used, which requires hundreds of hours of pain-staking, detailed work.

The highest quality, rare woods (including Ebony, Rosewood, Blackwood, Mahogany, Jack wood, and Sycamore) used to construct our models are subjected to specific seasoning procedures to ensure that the model will withstand severe climate and never warp or split. The Esmeralda is 38"L x 12H x 24.5"T

Ornaments and decorations on this model (which may include cannons, portholes, anchors, muskets, and other details) are sculpted of brass, chrome, and other metals. Sails are handmade of fine linen and rigging lines vary in weight, thickness and color.

The detailed, hand-stitched sails of the model ship are constructed of fine linen. The detailed riggings and lining are painstakingly fastened by hand and also made of linen. Extensive research is required to build each model according to scale, using various pictures, original plans, drawings, and digital imaging. Each model ship is examined during various processes of manufacturing and shipment to ensure the highest quality and accuracy possible for your investment.

Historical Past:

The Chilean Navy Training Ship “La Esmeralda” was officially delivered to Chile in 1954. The Esmeralda is a 4-Masted brigantine with square sails at the pawl...Esmeralda (BE-43) is a steel-hulled four-masted barquentine tall ship of the Chilean Navy and currently the second tallest and longest sailing ship in the world.

The ship is the sixth to carry the name Esmeralda. The first was frigate Esmeralda captured from the Spanish at Callao, Peru, by Admiral Lord Thomas Alexander Cochrane of the Chilean Navy, in a bold incursion on the night of 5 November 1820. The second was corvette Esmeralda of the Chilean Navy, which set against superior forces, fought until sunk with colors flying on 21 May 1879 at the Battle of Iquique. These events mark important milestones for the Chilean Navy and the ship's name is said to evoke the values of courage and sacrifice.

Construction on her began in Cádiz, Spain, in 1946, intended to become national schoolship of Spain. During her construction in 1947 the yard in which she was being built suffered catastrophic explosions which damaged the ship and placed the yard on the brink of bankruptcy. Further work on the ship was temporarily halted. In 1950 Chile and Spain entered into negotiations in which Spain offered to repay debts incurred to Chile as a result of the Spanish Civil War in the form of manufactured products, including the not yet completed Esmeralda. Chile accepted the offer and the ship was formally transferred to the ownership of Chile in 1951. Work then continued on the ship. She was finally launched on 12 May 1953 with an audience of 5,000 people in attendance. She was christened by Mrs. Raquel Vicuña de Orrego using a bottle wrapped in the national colors of Spain and Chile. She was delivered to the Government of Chile on 15 June 1954, Captain Horacio Cornejo Tagle in command.

Her sister ship is the training ship for the Spanish Navy Juan Sebastián Elcano. Her first sailing was to the Canary Islands and then on to New Orleans where a distillation plant was installed. She then proceeded through the Panama Canal and arrived at Valparaíso on 1 September 1954 to much fanfare.

Since her commissioning, Esmeralda has been a training ship for the Chilean Navy. She has visited more than 300 ports worldwide acting as a floating embassy for Chile. She has participated in Operation Sail at New York in 1964, 1976 and 1986. She participated in Osaka World Sail in 1983. She has also participated in International Regattas of Sails in 1964, 1976, 1982 and 1990 winning the coveted Cutty Sark Trophy in the latter two participations.

Reports from Amnesty International, the US Senate and Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission describe the ship as a kind of a floating jail-torture chamber for political prisoners of the Augusto Pinochet's military regime from 1973 to 1980. It is claimed that probably over a hundred persons were kept there at times and subjected to hideous treatment.

Sue on 03/04/2013 01:10pm
Grandpa loved it, Thank you

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